Advani ‘sticks to stand’: PM nominee after Assembly polls

BJP president comes calling but matter remains unresolved.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Published: September 12, 2013 12:55:35 am

With RSS reluctant to intervene in timing of Narendra Modi’s announcement as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate,the spotlight is on party president Rajnath Singh whether he can convince party patriarch L K Advani for an early date. Advani is learnt to be unrelenting on delaying the announcement until Assembly elections in Delhi,Madhya Pradesh,Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

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Singh Wednesday visited Advani’s residence to discuss the PM candidate issue but it appeared the matter was not resolved.

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“Any announcement should be only after Assembly elections,” BJP sources confirmed as Advani’s position. Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha,Sushma Swaraj,is learnt to be of the same opinion.

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BJP sources admitted that their position remains unchanged as they had indicated to Rajnath Singh when RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi got the three BJP leaders to discuss the issue on September 1. Subsequently,RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat met Advani and Swaraj. It was learnt that both reiterated delaying any announcement until after Assembly elections.

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That Singh has to hold discussions with Advani again days after the marathon brainstorming session between top RSS and BJP leaders was reflective of the Sangh’s reluctance to lend its weight to any side on the issue of timing.

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The BJP president will engage with top BJP leaders over the next 24 hours to seek final views. Singh was learnt to be planning discussions with Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday night and Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on Thursday. Party sources claimed the BJP president will complete discussions with all parliamentary board members by Thursday before taking a call on announcing Modi’s candidature.

While announcing Modi as campaign manager,parliamentary board members were individually consulted and the announcement was made at the party’s national executive in Goa without formal approval from the parliamentary board.

Advani resigned in protest and it was only after Bhagwat intervened he retracted his resignation. All eyes will again be on Singh whether he can steamroll objections from Advani,Swaraj and Joshi.

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